Groups to protest against Sinclair network

December 14, 2004|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

NEW YORK - A coalition of liberal political groups is launching a nationwide protest against Sinclair Broadcast Group, charging that the 62-station TV broadcaster in Hunt Valley, Md., is misusing public airwaves with partisan news programming.

The groups, led by Media Matters for America, will announce today a campaign to pressure Sinclair's advertisers with letters. The groups, however, are stopping short of demanding an advertiser boycott.

The drive is one of the first broad attempts to re-energize liberal activists after November. Sinclair was the target of intense Democratic criticism during the presidential campaign,

Others involved include MoveOn.org, Free Press, Campaign for America's Future, Working Assets, Alternet, MediaChannel, and filmmaker Robert Greenwald, who made last summer's Outfoxed film, alleging Republican bias at Fox News Channel. The campaign will be run through a Web site, SinclairAction.com.

The main focus of the protest is the nightly "The Point" commentary by Mark Hyman, a Sinclair's spokesman who oversees Sinclair's Washington lobbying.

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